Lonesome Tonight-ness

Yesterday I visited Paul. ‘Can you help me with my guitar playing please?’ Paul’s elderly fingers aren’t as flexible as he would like them to be. We strummed out a few old Elvis songs and sung them together…

Are you lonesome tonight
Do you miss me tonight?
Are you sorry we drifted apart?…

Earlier in the week I was chatting with Alan. He’s lived a ‘colourful’ life that’s taken him round the world. He’s seen lots of sights, done many exciting things; He has lots of stories to tell…

But now he’s alone. He can go a number of days without talking to anybody. He lives with many regrets. He’s never been married. He wishes that he was…

Musing… Alan’s Lonesome Tonight-ness of being single… that’s shared by other friends

I’ve known Barry for some years. I’d heard that he has terminal cancer; he was receiving palliative care in a local hospital.

The story I heard was that his partner, Jacky was determined that he would spend his final days with his family at home. Pretending to be a doctor she walked into the hospital, found a wheel-chair and took him to her waiting car.

I don’t know where truth lies but I liked the story.

Musing… Barry’s Lonesome Tonight-ness of sickness… that’s shared by other friends

Reading the story of Joshua… He’s been Moses’ assistant for many years; now he’s a national leader. Everyone has high expectations; their ‘Promised Land’ is in front of them; there’s Moses’ reputation to live up to… He’s under pressure…

Musing… Joshua’s Lonesome Tonight-ness of leadership… I’ve been there… It’s shared by other friends.

His God says: ‘Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified, do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.’

Musing… the answer to Lonesome Tonight-ness can be found by being strong and taking courage from an ever-present God… I’ve been there… It’s shared by other friends.

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